Using data from previous U.S.Department of Labor program evaluations, this report highlights promising practices and learned lessons that can be used to create more effective programs to support out-of-school youth.
Given the difficult context that many out-of school youth face, providing responsive and high quality employment training programs for this population has often been met with mixed results. This report highlights empirical findings from the National JTPA study and evaluation data from Job Corps, JOBSTART, and YouthBuild to describe promising practices that could be used in future demonstration projects. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff). Costs per participant for different programs are discussed (p.16, p. 22, p.24)

Major Findings & Recommendations

Overall, this report found that the biggest payoffs for out-of-school youth are likely to come from long-term, intensive youth programming. Only a concerted effort over a period of at least 1 year is likely to generate the changes in academic, vocational, and soft skills required for healthy adjustment to a productive career and adulthood. Programs must also have the potential to achieve genuine improvements in career outcomes to attract the high and sustained levels of youth participation and commitment required for success. Therefore, the author suggests a range of potential demonstration projects that leverage these key findings and also be brought to scale. Suggested demonstration projects include: 1) Employer-led training in high wage careers; 2) Second chance armed force training and military employment; and 3) Civilian service and job market linkages. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)